PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Peppercress

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Lepidium Virginicum / Brassicaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Poor-Manís-Pepper, Peppergrass

CONDITIONS: sun- partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

pepper

RAW/COOK

Spring-Summer

Buds/Flowers

sweet pepper

RAW/COOK

Spring

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

       

Seed pod

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pepper

RAW/COOK

Spring-Summer

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION:  very small

 

COMMENT: Use sparingly for flavor. Seed pod very tiny, but packs a peppery punch.

 

CAUTION: As with any hot or spicy food, eat in moderation. 

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: 

        Anthelmintic;  Antiasthmatic;  Antiscorbutic;  Antitussive;  Cardiotonic;  Diuretic. (1)

        https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-453/garden-cress (Garden Cress is related) 

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  Other cresses: Shepardís Purse, Penny Field Cress, Bitter Spring Cress

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Lepidium+virginicum
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/peppergrass-potent-pipsqueak/
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepidium_virginicum
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2012/01/peppergrass.html (good photos)
  5. http://www.ediblewildfood.com/peppergrass.aspx  (good photos & recipes)